Big Bison Ale | Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.

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Big Bison AleBig Bison Ale

Brewed by:
Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Great lengths were taken to ensure its authentic characteristics. German and Belgian malts, noble hops and a unique yeast strain are all necessary to produce this unique ale. It is aged for one month; beer that tends to please red wine drinkers and is definitely not for the novice beer drinker.

23 IBU

Added by Vancer on 05-11-2009

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 61
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of beerfan39
4.5/5  rDev +21%

A bit of lingering toffee and caramel. Big fan of this dubbel.

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Photo of Beerismylifeblood69
4/5  rDev +7.5%

For the price, a great dubbel. The finish is odd, almost too bitter, but the IBU is only 23, so perhaps the flavor I'm getting is something else.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%

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3.84/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with plenty of carbonation rising to the top. The head sucks: not even a finger high (off-white in shade), yet its retention is still poor. No lacing either, natch. (2.75)

Smell: This has a significant note of molasses coming through - early indications are that it might be too sweet. Still, the dark fruits I look for in the style are there in full force, along with a subtle touch of Belgian yeast. Like I said, it might end up being overly sweet...but who knows, it could be totally legit, too. (3.5)

Taste: At first, some dark fruit flavors come through, with a kiss of tartness to boot. Afterwards, the malty flavors (molasses, brown sugar, and caramel) all appear alongside a small yeasty flavor and earthy hints. It seems to fall victim to the problem many American-brewed dubbels do - it's too sweet on the back end. Pouring in the dregs in seems to muddle the flavors slightly, but it also balances them better (read: the finish is a touch less sweet). Your choice; personally, I prefer it with the dregs. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's relatively clean for a dubbel (before the dregs go in), although its beefier body relegates it to sipping territory. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. (3.25)

Overall: A fine attempt at a dubbel, but not on par with the Belgians. It just strikes me as being a bit 'boring'. But as I always say, it's far better to be boring than be flawed... (3.25)

3.28/5: Fairly competent, but far from great

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.24/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Big Bison Ale from Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 195 ratings